Some 6.5 million people – nearly 40 percent of Malawi’s population – need emergency food assistance, according to the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee report for 2016/17. This situation will require the largest humanitarian response ever in the country’s history.
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Everywhere in the world that I visit, I ask children what they want to become when they grow up. They’ll usually tell me: I want to be a nurse. A teacher. A pilot.
But when I asked Aisha, a ten-year-old girl from Cameroon, I received a startling reply. Aisha wants to be a soldier. Why? To fight those who have driven her family from their home. To achieve peace and security which is now just a dream.
Bishop Mweene had a smile on his face when I met him at his homestead in Sikwale. Shortly before my arrival, it had rained for the first time in weeks. In fact, he was able to tell me just how much because, in his maize field, he has a manual rain gauge, one of four that WFP has installed on farms in the area.
“We are Generation Zero Hunger, committed to creating a world where no child, no woman, no man goes hungry even for a single day,” Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), said following a packed gathering in New York of youth leaders from around the world, as well as prominent political, business and civil society figures. “We have everything we need – the tools, the technology, the people.
[story|647834|647156|647025]It begins with them: singer and ONE.org co-founder Bono, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Italian and Irish Ministers of Agriculture Maurizio Martina and Simon Coveney, and the Director of the World Food Programme Ertharin Cousin participated in an event organised by the governments of Italy and Ireland in support of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).